a recent purchase as this influential thinker continues to inform + influence.
"on the shores of politics" is a relatively modest book (8 x 5") with just 107 pages, but packed with much food for thought as Ranciere expounds (often repeatedly) on the definition,use + malaise of the use of politics to shape,manipulate but ultimately cloud the real issues in society. Aristotle treatise on politics some 2000 years ago is a recurring reference point for Ranciere as are Socrates + Pierre Leroux . themes of equality,fraternity + the influence/manipulation of the masses make for interesting, thought provoking themes.
the translation by Liz Heron seems good, with only some the gallic author's sometimes academic writing + assumption of reader knowledge to latin philosophical phrases ("melos","potestas" etc) to make reading sometimes a little opaque. however the general intellectual thrust + overall clarity of Ranciere's writing still emerge to question the very fundamentals of politics + their use in society be it now or 2000 years ago. the lack of an index or key concepts or wider reading is a shame though.
there is undoubtedly much to absorb in Ranciere's writing here + in his expanded thoughts on politics and aesthetics (not covered in "On the Shores of Politics") but sustained effort is required of the reader in disseminating Ranciere's rather obtuse, elliptical writing style. i will leave you will at least a tiny taster of what lies within :
"politics thus calls forth the social dimension wherein public honour and private gain are persued with equal passion but in a mutually exclusive fashion" ..of the "the self-diminished political realm" and of of "the lost resource for collective action"
recommended, but i will delve deeper into this author's work for possibly clearer texts. 3 stars going on 4.
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It is frequently said that we are living through the end of politics, the end of social upheavals, the end of utopian folly. Consensual realism is the order of the day. But political realists, remarks Jacques Ranciere, are always several steps behind reality, and the only thing which may come to an end with their dominance is democracy. In these subtle and perceptive essays, Ranciere argues that since Plato and Aristotle politics has always constructed itself as the art of ending politics, that realism is itself utopian, and that what has succeeded the polemical forms of class struggle is not the wisdom of a new millennium but the return of old fears, criminality and chaos. Whether he is discussing the confrontation between Mitterrand and Chirac, French working-class discourse after the 1830 revolution, or the ideology of recent student mobilizations, his aim is to restore philosophy to politics and give politics back its original and necessary meaning: the organization of dissent.
“Rancière’s writings offer one of the few consistent conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist.”—Slavoj iek --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Jacques Rancière is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People, The Nights of Labor, Staging the People, and The Emancipated Spectator. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B08XXFYV72
- Publisher : Verso UK (14 October 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 437 KB
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- Print length : 118 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1844675777
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Ranciere - politics,Aristotle + malaiseReviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on 6 December 2012
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A Decent IntroReviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on 2 June 2019
Just got into Ranciere’s theories of aesthetics fairly recently. I’ve read “The Ignorant Schoolmaster” and “The Emancipated Spectator” before this book and I think this serves as a nice introductory overview of his work, updated slightly with this Verso edition.